A Vow of Philanthropy
Last year, the average wedding budget for New York couples was nearly $57,000, not including the honeymoon, according to a survey from TheKnot.com. Most couples spend thousands of dollars on jewelry, gifts and keepsakes for family and friends, Hornig says.
“There’s so much money spent at weddings, wouldn’t it be great to instead set some of that aside for charity?” Ms. Hornig says.
Hornig wants to introduce young people to the idea of philanthropy at every life stage, starting with a person’s wedding day.
“The day I walked down the aisle I made a promise to myself: If everything turned out as I expected by the time I was 50, I would give 100% back and pay it forward,” says Ms. Hornig, 55 years old, who grew up in suburban Cleveland. She met her husband, George, while attending Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.